To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
The US is in the middle of its longest and most expensive
war to date. Not the war in Iraq the war on drugs. In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we've spent hundreds
of billions of dollars fighting for a "drug-free" America,
yet heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs are cheaper, purer and
easier to get than ever. And drugs have put nearly half a million
Americans behind bars. So who's winning the war on drugs. And who's
Eric Schlosser is the author of "Reefer
Madness." He tells Steve Paulson that penalties in some states
for marijuana possession exceed those for murder while in other
states, possession ranks with parking fines, and that marijuana
provides a huge underground cash crop in hard-hit farm states
like Indiana. Schlosser says our marijuana laws have a lot to
do with class and race prejudice.
Clark Taylor is the author of a children's
book called "The House That Crack Built." He tells Steve
Paulson that kids know all about drugs and can handle the truth.
Also, Scott Jennings provides an essay on Kurt Cobain,
the effects of heroin on his music, and his legacy for a whole
generation. And we hear a lot of Cobain's music.
Alfred McCoy is the author of a book called
"The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug
Trade." He explains to Jim Fleming how the CIA made deals
with warlords in Asia to help drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan
during the Cold War. They succeeded, but at the cost of an explosive
growth in the opium trade. Same thing happened with the Taliban.
They're gone, but the heroin trade is booming. Also, Ann Marlowe
describes her heroin habit in a memoir called "How to Stop
Time: Heroin from A to Z." She tells Anne Strainchamps that
she doesn't think anyone should use heroin, but that most of the
junkie stereotype is false.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-12-19-A.
- Clark Taylor, Illustrated
by Jan Thompson Dicks, The House that Crack Built (Chronicle
- Eric Schlosser, Reefer Madness: Sex,
Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (Mariner
- Anne Marlowe, How to Stop Time: Heroin
from A to Z (Anchor Books)
- Alfred W. McCoy, The Politics of Heroin:
CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade (revised edition)
(Lawrence Hill Books)
- I WANT TO GET HIGH by Cyprus
Hill off of their Black Sunday CD on Sony
- LEGALIZE IT by Peter Tosh off of his Legalize it
CD on Sony Records.
- THE RETURN TO ALCAPONE by Peter Tosh off of his
Arise Black Man CD on Sony
- KING HEROIN by James Brown off of his There It
Is CD on Polydor Records.
- HEROIN by Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground on
their The Velvet
and Nico CD on Polydor Records.
- UG by Mr Scruff off of the Xen Cuts (CD#1) CD on
Ninja Tune Records.
- EMPEROR'S MAIN COURSE by Kid Koala off of
the Xen Cuts (CD#1) CD on Ninja
- Nirvana. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" off
of the Nevermind CD on David Geffen
- Nirvana. "Negative Creep" off of the
From the Might Banks of the Wishkah CD on
David Geffen Company.
- Nirvana. "Territorial Pissings" off of
the Nevermind CD on David Geffen Company.
- Nirvana. "Rape Me" off of the In Utero
CD on David Geffen Company.
- Nirvana. "All Apologies" off of
the MTV's Unplugged in New York CD on David Geffen
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